- Joan Fraser, Convenor
- Peter Raistrick, Trustee
- Beverley A Klein, Trustee
- Joan Brear, Trustee
- Tom Bibby, Treasurer
- Rhona Hunter, Trustee
- Ella Simpson, EVOC Chief Executive
- Janette Scappaticcio, The Edinburgh & Lothian Trust Fund Trust Administrator
Joan has considerable experience in the charity sector and a particular interest in support for disadvantaged young people. She has a background in health, education and social policy development in the public sector.
Joan has been Chair of Edinburgh and Lothian Trust Fund since 2013. She was a Board Member of EVOC from 2009 and Convenor from 2013 to 2018. She is a Trustee of The Energy People Trust which funds projects aimed at alleviating fuel poverty, especially in relation to children, young people and families. Until 2017, she Chaired EVOC’s Network of Voluntary Organisations for Children, Young People and Families and represented the Network on a number of multi-agency partnership grouping, including the Children’s Partnership. She is a former non- executive Board Member of NHS Health Scotland, a former Chair of The Yard and a former Independent Prison Monitor.
Joan was appointed Chair of the Trust in November 2013 and was re-appointed (as an independent trustee and Chair) with effect from November 2018.
Peter was employed by Standard Life Group for 45 years before he retired at the end of 2013. For the last 15 years of his career he was an Investment Director with Standard Life Investments and was responsible for relationships with institutional clients.
He was also responsible for Standard Life Investments Treating Customers Fairly policy. Peter is currently a Trustee of Standard Life’s £4 billion staff pension scheme, a role that he has performed since 2011.
Peter became an independent Trustee in February 2015 and was re-appointed for a further 4 years in February 2019.
Beverley, LLB (Hons), Dip LP, is a self-employed, non-practising solicitor. She previously practised in the areas of Family and Child Law. She now prepares child welfare reports for Edinburgh Sheriff Court protecting the interests of children involved in court proceedings.
Beverley was formerly a Safeguarder to children involved in court proceedings or referred to Children’s Hearings. She has considerable experience in the voluntary sector notably with the Citizens’ Advice service offering legal advice to a range of unrepresented individuals and serving on management committees and has also worked with children in many capacities for more than 30 years. She currently also sits on a local school’s Parent Council and on the board of trustees of Edinburgh Young Carers.
Beverley became an independent Trustee on 20th November 2012 and was re-appointed for a further four years in November 2016
Joan Brear, Trustee
Joan’s professional background is in education where her career spanned 38 years.
Over her working life Joan taught in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Kenya and Canada before settling back in Edinburgh where, over a period of 20 years she was a primary Headteacher. Other roles have included that of Curriculum Development Officer and Education Officer of Edinburgh. However, it was her role of Headteacher and opportunity to work closely with children, their families and the local community that she particularly thrived on.
When she retired in 2014, Joan spent almost three years as a volunteer with the Starfish Recovery Café in Musselburgh where she was a member of the Board of Trustees and Treasurer.
Joan became an independent Trustee on 12th February 2019
Tom is a qualified Management Accountant with significant Financial Services and industry experience. He currently works at Virgin Money as the Senior Finance Business Partner for Insurance. Investments and Pensions; with responsibility for supporting the Commercial Directors in maximising value.
He has previously worked at Tesco Bank and the Royal Bank of Scotland, having qualified at Procter and Gamble.
Tom became an independent Trustee on 12th February 2019
Rhona is a social worker and has worked in both the statutory and voluntary sectors. Rhona worked for Fife and Edinburgh Councils before moving to the voluntary sector in 2001.
Rhona has worked with Action for Children, Scottish Drugs Forum and was laterally Chief Executive of Circle. Rhona has a particular interest in supporting families experiencing disadvantage and committed to improving outcomes for children by addressing intergenerational issues. Rhona is also a Trustee of EVOC.
Rhona became a nominated Trustees on 14th May 2019.
Officers who attend Trustee Meetings
Ella Simpson is the Chief Executive at EVOC and has over 30 years experience working in the voluntary sector. She has lead organisations through periods of growth and change and has a strong track record of bringing people together to facilitate solutions to complex problems.
Ella also has a long history of volunteering. She is a Director of STAND International a charity which enables Scottish people who have experienced homelessness to volunteer with organisations in Eastern Europe. She is Board member of Foundation Scotland and Resilient Scotland.
Ella has a BSc Social Science; Dip Community Education; Post Grad Cert Management; Post Grad Cert Leadership.
Janette Scappaticcio is the Trust Fund Administrator for The Edinburgh & Lothian Trust Fund. She deals with the day to day running of the trust. In conjunction with the Secretary of the Trust she deals with grant applications for both the small grants programme (including The Ponton House Trust on behalf of Lindsays, the Edinburgh Police Fund for Children, the Edinburgh Fire Fund) and with the larger applications for consideration by the Trustees. Prior to taking up the post with EVOC in 1989, she worked in the Voluntary Sector.